Posts published in Baltic states

President Trump to Host Leaders of 3 Baltic States

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

President Donald Trump will host a summit with heads of state from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the White House on April 3. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah announced the summit between Trump and the leaders during Monday’s afternoon press conference. The President and three leaders will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nations’ independence and “set the stage for another century of strong ties between our…

British defense secretary visits Estonia

Monday, March 26, 2018

British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrived in Estonia for a two-day visit on Sunday, where his first stop, together with Ministry of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL), was Tapa Army Base to visit the British, Danish and Estonian troops serving there. Addressing the troops in Tapa, Luik said that just as the U.K. and its troops have stood by Estonia, Estonia is likewise prepared to stand by the U.K. The…

Commanders of Baltic Sea region air forces discuss upcoming exercises at Amari

Monday, March 26, 2018

Topics discussed at a meeting of the commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) and seven commanders of the air forces of the Baltic Sea region at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia included cooperation between the air forces and upcoming exercises. The participants of the discussion introduced latest developments in the air forces of their countries and an important discussion topic included exercises to be held in the…

NATO Planning First Command Structure Expansion Since Cold War

Friday, March 23, 2018

NATO is planning its first command structure expansion since the Cold War amid mounting Russian tension. An Atlantic Command, likely to be based in Norfolk, Virginia, would protect sea lanes and undersea communication cables. Similarly, the city of Ulm in the south of Germany is likely to host a new Logistics Command with Germany offering to host the new Joint Support and Enabling Command. NATO Defence Ministers are expected to…

New threats to national security of Lithuania are identified

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 26, 1000hrs, assessment of national security threats, carried out jointly by the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence, will be presented to the society and media representatives at the press conferece hall at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (Gedimino Av. 53). The assessment will be presented during a press conference by Director of the State Security Department Darius Jauniškis…

Lithuanian policymakers and Nordic investors discuss investment climate

Friday, March 23, 2018

While Lithuania continues to make improvements to its investment climate, policy solutions are still needed to make it more attractive to foreign companies willing to invest and create jobs in the country. A discussion hosted at the Lithuanian parliament brought together Lithuanian policymakers, Nordic investors and business associations to talk about FDI, taxes and what it would take for Lithuania to move closer to its Northern European neighbours. “When Norwegian…

British defense minister to visit Estonia

Friday, March 23, 2018

Britain’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson is scheduled to make a two-day visit to Estonia starting Sunday. Williamson will meet with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Defense Minister Juri Luik, spokespeople for the Estonian Defense Ministry said. The British defense secretary is also to meet with personnel of the NATO battle group stationed at the Tapa military base. The 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh of the…

Latvian parliament upholds in first reading memorandum about defense cooperation with Canada

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Latvian parliament today upheld in the first reading the bill about ratification of the memorandum of understanding between the Latvian and Canadian governments on enhanced defense partnership and security cooperation, the parliament’s press service said. The memorandum establishes the procedure for Latvian-Canadian defense cooperation and describes in detail of the rights and obligations of the Canadian soldiers deployed to Latvia as part of a NATO multi-national battle group. Allied…

Lithuanian Minister of National Defence discussed US support in strengthening regional security

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On March 21 leadership of the National Defence System discussed the upcoming meeting of the Presidents of the United States and the three Baltic states, US support in strengthening the security in the region, and Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen defence capabilities, at a meeting with Dr Richard Hooker, US National Security Council’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia. Increasing security in international arena was…

US special ops to get a boost for Baltic mission

Thursday, March 22, 2018

According to the Stars and Stripes report, the Pentagon intends to spend more than $15 million to improve working conditions for special operations forces on missions in the Baltics, where elite U.S. troops have been a quiet but steady presence in recent years.. The Pentagon’s 2019 budget calls for establishing new operations and training facilities in Estonia, one of NATO’s smallest and most exposed member states that shares a border…